"Promoting Research & Debate on Asia" - TUJ Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies 5th Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
18:00-19:00 Welcome drinks
19:00-20:00 Mini-symposium
20:00-21:00 Networking reception
TUJ Azabu Hall 2F (Access)
Registration closed

The Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS) at Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ), will change its name to the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) as of January 2010. To commemorate the name change and celebrate the Institute’s 5th anniversary, TUJ will hold a special mini-symposium “Promoting Research & Debate on Asia” on the evening of January 19. The mini-symposium will feature six Asian and Japanese Studies specialists, a mix of guest speakers and TUJ professors, who will combine to give a one-hour presentation on a range of contemporary Asian and Japanese topics. Their presentation will be followed by a networking reception.

Presentation Topics and Speakers' Profiles

Topic 1: The Rise of Nation Branding in Asia

Keith Dinnie, Temple University, Japan Campus
Dinnie is an expert on the emerging field of nation branding, with a particular focus on four key areas: export promotion, inward investment, tourism, and public diplomacy. He is the author of the world's first academic text book on nation branding, 'Nation Branding - Concepts, Issues, Practice', published 2008 by Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann. He has delivered seminars, conference speeches and lectures in the UK, Germany, Iceland, Greece, China, and Japan.

Topic 2: How does Japan fare in the global competition for talent from Asia

Ayumi Takenaka, Bryn Mawr / Tohoku University
Takenaka received her doctorate from Columbia University. She is an associate professor of sociology at Bryn Mawr College and at the Center for the Study of Social Stratification and Inequality at Tohoku University. She is currently working on the re-migration of immigrants from Japan and the UK to the US and on skilled migrants and foreign students in Japan. Her presentation will focus on the role of Japan in the global competition for talent, particularly in attracting international students from other Asian countries and retaining them for the Japanese labor market.
For more information about Ayumi Takenaka, click here.

Topic 3: Should Japan welcome more Chinese immigrants?

Gracia Liu-Farrer, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University.
Liu-Farrer holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Her area of expertise is Chinese migrants' transnational mobility and practices, international migration and cultural changes in the Asia Pacific, social inequality in the age of globalization and international education and labor market integration.
For more information about Gracia Liu-Farrer, click here.

Topic 4: Depopulating Akita prefecture. Japan's present, Asia's future?

John Mock, Temple University, Japan Campus
Mock has had an esteemed career in academia at several Japanese universities and is now serving on the faculty at TUJ, where he teaches history and Asian studies. He holds a doctorate from Michigan State University and has done extensive field work on depopulation in Akita Prefecture. He recently co-chaired the Anthropology of Japan in Japan conference held at TUJ.

Topic 5: Asian Art: Phantom or Reality?

Noriko Murai, Temple University, Japan Campus
Murai is assistant professor of art history at TUJ. She received her Ph.D. in modern art history from Harvard University. Her specialization is modern Japanese art, and her research interests include the reception of Japanese art in the West and the role of women in visual arts. She is the co-author of Journeys East: Isabella Stewart Gardner and Asia (2009) and has published articles in both English and Japanese.

Topic 6: Ja-pan-Asia - A Match Made in Heaven

Jesper Koll, J.P. Morgan Securities
Jesper Koll is the Managing Director of Japanese equity research at JP Morgan Securities in Tokyo. He has been researching and investing in Japan since becoming a resident in 1986. Prior to his current position Koll was the CEO of Tantallon Research Japan, an independent Tokyo-based investment advisory firm he set up in early 2007, after leaving Merrill Lynch Japan, where he was the chief economist for almost a decade. Before moving to Japan, Koll worked in the econometrics unit of the OECD in Paris. He received his masters degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and was a research fellow at both Kyoto and Tokyo University. He is a member of the Kezai Doyukai and has published several books in Japanese.

About ICAS
The Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.

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